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June 28th, 2013 - Sanders Competes in USMTS Southern Speedweek
1Rodney Sanders resumed action with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Tuesday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas) as the tour made it's inaugural trip to the 1/2 mile, speed plant.

With 47 competitors registered for battle heat race struggles left Sanders starting 12th in a b-main. He would advance to a 7th place finish in his b-main, which forced him to utilize a provisional to start the main event in the 25th position. During the course of the 40 lap event he passed seventeen cars to finish 8th at the checkered flag. For his efforts in passing more cars than any other driver he received the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger of the Race award.

Wednesday evening took the team to Heart O' Texas Speedway (Waco, Texas) for a $4,000-to-win round with the USMTS competitors. With 44 entries in the pit area Rodney failed to advance to the feature via heat race action, but a fifth place finish in the b-main positioned him starting twenty-first on the grid for the 40 lap feature. For the second-straight night Sanders mounted a great charge in the feature as he advanced nineteen spots on his way to a second place finish at the checkered flag behind race winner, Johnny Scott. He would once again earn the Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger of the Race award for his efforts in the finale.

The USMTS Southern Speedweek invaded Kennedale Speedway Park (Kennedale, Texas) on Thursday night for another $4,000-to-win event, which drew a field of 51 entries to the clay oval. Via preliminary action Rodney locked into the eleventh starting spot for the 40 lap feature, where he went on to race to a sixth place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott, Chris Scott, Stormy Scott, Zack VanderBeek, and Kelly Shryock.

RPM Speedway (Crandall, Texas) was the destination for the team on Friday evening as a $3,000-to-win race was contested. Fifty-three entries took to the 1/4 mile oval, and with time trials determining the heat race line ups Rodney qualified fourth fastest in his group to earn the pole for his heat race. He went on to claim the heat race win to earn the seventh starting spot for the 40 lap feature. In the main event he surged forward to overcome a battle with Jason Hughes and Stormy Scott for the second spot before recording a second place finish behind race winner, Johnny Scott.

The finale for the USMTS Southern Speedweek was held on Saturday evening at Southern Oklahoma Speedway (Ardmore, Oklahoma) as another $3,000-to-win race was held. Via preliminary action Rodney earned the tenth starting spot for the feature, but unfortunately his night would come to an early end on lap 10, when contact from another competitor resulted in a flat tire. He was credited with a 20th place finish in the final rundown.

Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com.


June 23rd, 2013 - Sanders Opens Busy USMTS Speedweek Slate; Wins at Elk City
1The team opened kicked off nine races in ten days with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) on Friday evening at Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway (Liberal, Kansas) with a $4,000-to-win race.

A fourth to first run in his heat race locked Sanders into the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the fourth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. He raced in the fourth position for the duration of the feature before recording a fourth place finish behind race winner, Jeremy Payne, Dereck Ramirez, and Zack VanderBeek.

Saturday evening found Sanders challenging a field of fifty-three USMTS entries at Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, Texas). While he fell short of qualifying for the feature via heat race action, Sanders won his b-main to transfer to the 40 lap feature in the fifteenth starting spot. He advanced four positions in the $4,000-to-win affair to finish eleventh.

1On Sunday night the #20 Swan Energy team invaded Elk City Speedway (Elk City, Oklahoma) as the series sanctioned its first-ever race at the facility. Rodney won his heat race, which sent him to the redraw for the 40 lap, $4,000-to-win feature. In the redraw he received the third starting spot. Sanders stalked early leader, Thomas Tillison Jr., until lap 7, when he bolted to the lead. He held off a hard-charging, Jason Hughes, late in the race to claim his thirteenth win of the season. Hughes, Rodney Sanders, Johnny Scott, and Dereck Ramirez rounded out the top five finishers.

Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com.


June 20th, 2013 - Sanders Crowned King of Kansas City; Begins USMTS Speedweek
Rodney Sanders invaded Valley Speedway (Grain Valley, Missouri) on Wednesday evening for the King of Kansas City event, and when the night was done Rodney was the king.

Twenty-eight entries filled the pit area for the $2,500-to-win event, and Sanders started his night by charging from the pole of the third heat race to claim the heat win, which locked him into the seventh starting spot for the feature. In the main event he progressively worked his way through the field before taking control of the lead. He went on to claim the victory over Terry Schultz, Dustin Boney, Kyle Westerhold, and Dean Wille. The victory was his twelfth of the season. Full results from the event are available at www.ValleySpeedway.com.

On Thursday evening the opening round of a series of nine United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) events in a ten day stretch began at 81 Speedway (Park City, Kansas). With a stout field of fifty-four entries in the pit area Sanders advanced from the fifth starting spot to a second place finish in his heat race, which locked him into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the eigth starting spot for the $2,000-to-win finale. He raced in the top ten throughout the event before crossing the finish line in ninth.

Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.


June 14th, 2013 - Rodney Sanders Wins Again with Cedar Lake Triumph
1Rodney Sanders began a two-night stand with the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) and UMP Summernationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) on Friday evening for the opening round of the annual Masters.

Thirty-six Open Wheel Modifieds were on hand for the $4,000-to-win program, and Sanders won his heat race from the pole position to move onto the redraw for the feature, where he was the recipient of the sixth starting spot for the 35 lap affair. As the race went green Rodney quickly found his way into the second spot and stalked the leader until lap 29, when he took over the top spot from Lucas Schott. Sanders led the last six laps on his way to the win, which marked his eleventh victory of 2013! He was followed across the finish line by Lucas Schott, Trent Follmer, Darrell Nelson, and Joey Jensen.

In UMP Super Late Model action a strong field of thirty-one competitors were in the pit area, and after qualifying eighth fastest in his group he finished seventh in his heat race, which left him short of locking into the feature. While his heat performance didn't transfer him to the feature he was scheduled to start fourth on the grid for the consolation event. Unfortunately mechanical issues discovered after the completion of heat race action forced the team to scratch from the remainder of the event.

The second leg of the Masters on Saturday night fell victim to Mother Nature at Cedar Lake Speedway as the event was canceled.

Full results from the events are available at www.USMTS.com and www.TheHellTour.com.


June 13th, 2013 - Sanders Finishes Second at I-35
1The team opened a busy week on Tuesday night at I-35 Speedway (Mason City, Iowa) with a $5,000-to-win race, which was sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS).

Thirty competitors registered for battle, and via a heat race win in preliminary action Sanders earned the fifth starting spot for the 40 lap finale. Rodney progressively worked his way forward during the course of the feature before crossing the finish line just a few feet behind race winner, Jason Hughes, to register a second place finish.

Wednesday evening took the USMTS racers to Amsoil Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin) for a $2,000-to-win program. Twenty-seven entries registered for action, and on a track, where passing was difficult he started and finished fifth in his heat race, which left him starting fifteenth on the grid for the feature. Lap 6 of the main event found Sanders retiring from the feature due to poor track conditions.

On Thursday evening Rodney competed in a $2,000-to-win event at Eagle Valley Speedway (Jim Falls, Wisconsin) as a stout field of thirty-six entries filled the pit area. A third to second run in his heat race positioned him starting tenth in the feature event. He was up to sixth in the feature, when a mechanical failure forced him pitside to a nineteenth place finish.

Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.


June 8th, 2013 - Sanders Races to Tenth Win of 2013 with Rapid City Score
1Rodney Sanders piloted his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified to his tenth triumph of the 2013 season on Friday night with a $2,000 win with the United Stated Modifie Touring Series (USMTS) at Rapid Speedway (Rock Rapids, Iowa).

Twenty-seven competitors registered for action, and Rodney won his heat race from the second starting spot to lock into the redraw for the feature. In the redraw he was the recipient of the second starting position for the finale alongside pole sitter, Dereck Ramirez. As the race went green he quickly worked his way to the lead, but on lap 5 Zack VanderBeek drove by for the top spot. VanderBeek held down the lead until a lap 12 restart, when he jumped the cushion in turn two. Sanders inherited the lead and never looked back on his way to the victory, which came over Ryan Gustin, Jon Tesch, Joey Jensen, and Lucas Schott.

Saturday night's scheduled program at Upper Iowa Speedway (Decorah, Iowa) fell victim to rain.

Full results from the event are available at www.USMTS.com.


June 1st , 2013 - Rodney Sanders Finishes Second at Cedar Lake
1Rodney Sanders returned to the driver's seat of his #20 Swan Energy/MB Customs/Geddes Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified on Saturday evening in the annual Triple Crown at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin).

Via preliminary action Rodney started thirteenth in the main event before advancing eleven spots on his way to finish a close second to race winner, Lucas Shaw, at the speed plant.

Full results from the event is available at www.CedarLakeSpeedway.com.